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Great views of lake, private patio, grill& firepit allow privacy and relaxation.

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Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday apartment in Bear Lake - Midge's Pad on Bear Lake

Quaint 1 bdm. 1 bath private upstairs apartment with great view of lake sleeps 4

This Quaint little apartment sits over the garage behind a newly renovated rental home that shares the property (VRBO#717346). You can enjoy the privacy of a separate patio and sitting area or rent both places and share space with family or friends. The apartment has big windows overlooking the lake. Kitchen is furnished with cooking utensils, pots and pans and dishes. Dining area overlooking the lake seats four. Wireless internet. 50" TV with wireless Blu-Ray DVD player. Bedding and towels Included for your convenience .The apartment and house have their own space for privacy, they share the 50 ft. waterfront and dock with two separate benches. The sandy shallow lake make it great for children of all ages. Swimming, boating, fishing or just sitting around relaxing are all possible at this great location. The Apartment rents from May through mid October.

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Diane or Greg Jenks
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
25 October, 2016

About Diane or Greg Jenks

Jinx and Greg Jenks live 20 minutes away in Elberta, a Lake Michigan village. Jinx & Greg own Shear Class Experience Salon & Day Spa and Affordable Art framing and gallery in Elberta on M-22.

Diane or Greg Jenks purchased this apartment in 2014

Why Diane or Greg Jenks chose Northern Michigan

Passing by Bear Lake for years always inspired dreams of having a place there of our own. So, when we found the house and apartment on the lake with 3 bedrooms & 3-1/2 baths, (though the need for renovation was apparent!) for a price we thought we could afford we said "WOW! Lets do this." We designed and did the renovations ourselves and dedicated to house to Jinx's late sister "Mick" and the apartment to Jinx's late mother "Midge," both whom would have loved sitting on the patio or dock or fishing for Bluegill out on the lake. The apartment is named "Midges Pad" after Jinx's Mom who although has passed still watches over all the fishermen that would only love to match her ability. She loved the water and fishing was her life. We bought the Property to share with family, friends and special guests to enjoy this beautiful setting.

What makes this apartment unique

Quaint & quiet behind front house, views of Bear Lake. Midges antique bedroom furniture and Art Nouveau canvases throughout the apartment. Step back in time with unique furnishings in living area that include a 50" TV and wireless Blu-ray DVD player for streaming music and video entertainment. We love the light wood-like rustic wallboard and the 70'S wall covering in the bathroom. New faucets in kitchen and bath add a modern convenience to the flair of the retro look. Midge was a great cook so the apartment is set up to cook with some spices, dishes, pots and pans and a grill so you can eat in or dine out. The local eateries would even have her approval which she never gave easily when it came to restaurants. We always feel like we are home when we are in this apartment. The shallow sandy bottom of the lake is great for small children and water games. The sunsets and stars are spectacular. Sitting on the dock benches with a cup of coffee in the morning or glass of wine in the evening listening to the water all around is relaxing beyond compare. Being just a mile away from the Rocking R Ranch, the Saddle Up grocery store and Grill 44 is so convenient. The close proximity to so many activities is another thing we love about the property.


2 holidaymaker reviews

Great views of lake, private patio, grill& firepit allow privacy and relaxation.
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

Fantastic Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage and lake was just as it was presented. Having been to the lake before, I knew what it was like. But the lake in front of the cottage was absolutely perfect for my four granddaughters, ages 1 1/2 to 7. They loved it, as we all did. I was a little concerned about the road in front but it was not an issue at all. The cottage was very roomy, more so than I thought. There were 4 adults and 4 children in the cottage and 2 adults in the apartment, where all we did was sleep, but worked out perfectly. Both places were very clean and very nicely appointed. The cottage had a very "cottage" decor, almost felt like Cape Cod. Diane and Greg were very accommodating, offering very helpful information about the surrounding area. Took a day trip to the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, don't miss the Pierce STocking drive. Went to Lake Michigan and loved the waves. I would suggest a wonderful beach along the lake near Onekema near Portage Lake. The beach has no rocks at all with beautiful sand and gradually gets deeper. Also nearby is a pier which is always nice to walk on. Nice little park and a great ice cream store right next to it.

It was a wonderful week and couldn't have asked for the cottage or apartment to be any better. My adult children said they forgot how much they loved it there, and certainly the cottage helped to make it so!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very good experience

  • 5 of 5

This rental was very good. It was as described. Clean, convenient, comfortable and well-equipped. Nice little extras provided and greatly appreciated. Diane and Greg were very accommodating. Correspondence answered promptly. Overall a very pleasant experience.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Katie and Bob I hope you will visit us again. Thank you also for leaving everything so nice we really appreciate it.
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Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
44 Grille
Nearest Ferry
70 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Bear Lake
Nearest Train
150 Miles
Grand Rapids
Nearest Motorway
70 Miles
US 31
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Grille 44 or Hubbles
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Crystal MT.
Nearest Beach
0.75 Miles
Public access Bear Lake
Car: necessary

Lake Michigan beaches minutes away. Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes 1 hr. Traverse City 45 min. Manistee 15 min. Crystal Mt. 15 minutes. Northern Michigan offers many experiences.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Bear Lake, Northern Michigan

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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £411
Tax Rate 6.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Bear Lake in Michigan

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • resort ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , Antique furniture
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
This apartment is available as a single unit sleeps 4 or an addition to the front house for a larger gathering. If you utilize both rentals it will sleep up t0 12. Great family or friends get away on a beautiful clear, clean shallow lake.

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